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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Resources

Posted on June 2, 2020 by jdooley


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The following actions have been taken by Governor Lamont in a state-wide effort to mitigate the outbreak and provide Connecticut residents with appropriate resources:

Governor’s Executive Order 06/17/2020

  • Technical correction to Executive Order No. 7ZZ, Section 8
  • Authority to modify limitation on group sizes in child care
  • Waiver of requirement to hold annual agricultural fair and reporting requirement to maintain agricultural society property tax exemption
  • Mandatory COVID-19 testing for staff of private and municipal nursing home facilities, managed residential communities, and assisted living services agencies

Governor’s Executive Order 06/16/2020

  • Modifications to adapt to Phase 2 reopening efforts
  • Restrictions on large gatherings and events
  • Further clarification of limits on alcohol sales by restaurants, bars, and private clubs
  • Restrictions of off-track betting extended
  • Extension of essential business rules
  • Clarification of Executive Order No. 7MM
  • Extension of remote notarization

Governor’s Executive Order 06/10/2020

  • Resumption of court filing deadlines
  • Modifications to DMV functions
  • Modifications to Executive Order No. 7E

Governor’s Executive Order 06/05/2020

  • Modification of safety rules for drive-in religious gatherings
  • Safety rules for drive-in graduations
  • Suspension of the involuntary discharge of nursing facility residents and residential care home residents who may be discharged to homeless shelters, except during emergency situations or with respect to COVID-19 recovered discharges

Governor’s Executive Order 06/4/2020

  • Technical clarifications regarding the ballot petitioning process for the August 2020 primary and November 2020 general election
  • Further clarification of limits on alcohol service and sales related to catering

Governor’s Executive Order 06/02/2020

  • Amended limitation on program sizes in child care

Governor’s Executive Order 06/01/2020

  • Mandatory COVID-19 testing for staff of private and municipal nursing homes, residential communities and assisted living agencies
  • Determination of suitable work

Governor’s Executive Order 05/29/2020

  • Reopening of barbershops and hair salons on June 1
  • Amended prohibitions on large gatherings

Governor’s Executive Order 05/27/2020

  • Creation of temporary nurse aide

Governor’s Executive Order 05/21/2020

  • Authority for DEEP to issue rental refunds
  • Modification of age limit for early intervention coverage
  • Waiver of requirement for guest books at private clubs

Governor’s Executive Order 05/20/2020

  • Modifications to permit the use of absentee ballots to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission during August 11, 2020 primary
  • Clarification that orders by commissioners issued pursuant to the governor’s executive orders are not regulations

Governor’s Executive Order 05/14/2020

  • Procedures for local appointments and elections requiring in-person vote

Governor’s Executive 05/13/2020

  • Waiver of statutory vote on supplemental federal block grant
  • Remote participation in member meetings
  • Waiver of certain regulatory limitations on the amount of support that can be provided to caregiver relatives
  • Technical modification of grace period for April and May rent
  • Authorization for OPM to direct DSS to provide Coronavirus Relief Fund distributions to nursing home facilities
  • Authorization for OPM to direct DSS to provide Coronavirus Relief Fund distributions to COVID recovery facilities and alternate COVID recovery facilities
  • Authorization for additional COVID-19 related hardship relief funding under the Coronavirus Relief Fund to nursing home facilities
  • Coronavirus Relief Fund distribution determinations not subject to rehearing or appeal
  • Extension and sunset of suspension of tax on single-use plastic checkout bags

Governor’s Executive Order 05/12/2020

  • Allows municipalities to expedite changes to their zoning rules or other ordinances to expand outdoor dining
  • Creates an expedited approval process for restaurants and other establishments that serve food to get fast-tracked permission to create or expand outdoor dining areas
  • Allows other businesses such as retail stores to get fast-tracked permission to sell goods on the sidewalk or in other outdoor areas, including shared spaces or spaces provided by municipalities
  • Allows restaurants and other businesses who already have liquor permits to serve alcohol only with food without applying for a separate patio or extension of use permit
  • Allows private clubs to sell alcohol only to their members for delivery or pickup

 

Governor’s Executive Order 05/07/2020

  • Pharmacists are permitted to order and administer Food and Drug Administration approved tests for COVID-19

Governor’s Executive Order 05/06/2020

  • Applicability of Executive Order No. 7S, Section 8 – Suspension of reapplication filing requirement for the Homeowners’ Elderly/Disabled, Circuit Breaker Tax Relief Program and for the Homeowners’ Elderly/Disabled Freeze Tax Relief Program
  • Distance learning and remote testing certification for DEEP programs
  • Tolling of land use and building permits
  • Allowance of suspension of in-person voting requirements by members of the public for critical and time-sensitive municipal decisions

Governor’s Executive Order 05/05/2020

  • Extension of school class cancellations for remainder of school year
  • Authorization for the Department of Social Services commissioner to temporarily waive, modify, or suspend home health regulatory requirements
  • Extension of the start date for imposition of a late fee for obtaining dog licenses from July 1, 2020 to August 1, 2020
  • Authority to waive certain requirements for the issuance of vouchers under the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

Governor’s Executive Order 05/01/2020

  • Mandatory suspension of annual town meeting or referendum to adopt budget
  • Authorization for common-interest communities to hold meetings remotely

Governor’s Executive Order 04/30/2020

  • Extension of payment time for sealed ticket revenue due to the state
  • Waiver of notarization requirement for embalmer’s affidavit accompanying death certificates
  • Temporary suspension of controlled substance registration
  • Modification of state contracting statutes to facilitate the emergency procurement of essential services
  • Modification of state contracting authorities to facilitate the emergency procurement of essential services
  • Modification of state construction requirements to facilitate the emergency provision of construction and construction-related services
  • Extension of existing contracts to prevent gaps in necessary services

Governor’s Executive Order 04/24/2020

  • Additional flexibility for Medicaid-enrolled providers to perform telehealth through audio-only methods for new patients

Governor’s Executive Order 04/23/2020

  • Mandatory reporting by managed residential communities
  • Mandatory reporting by nursing homes
  • Civil Penalties for failure to comply with mandatory reporting
  • Waiving certain Medicaid prior authorization requirements
  • Waiving Medicaid bed reservation requirements for residents on leave from intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Waiving requirements for signed delivery receipt for medical equipment, devices, and supplies

Governor’s Executive Order 04/22/2020

  • Additions to the definition of telehealth provider
  • Flexibility for Medicaid-enrolled providers and in-network providers for commercial fully insured health insurance to perform telehealth through additional methods
  • Additions to permissible out-of-state healthcare providers
  • Participation in intern, resident physician, or United States Medical Officer candidate training programs prior to permit issuance
  • Participation in resident physician assistant program prior to permit issuance
  • Temporary suspension of physician assistant supervision restrictions
  • Temporary suspension of in-person supervision requirement for advanced practice registered nurses
  • Provision of services by respiratory care therapist and respiratory care technician students
  • Suspension of continuing education requirement for health care providers
  • Modification of 36-month age limit for Birth-to-Three services

Governor’s Executive Order 04/21/2020

  • Applicability of Executive Order No. 7S, Section 7 to additional critical and time-sensitive municipal fiscal actions
  • Clarification of time periods regarding suspension and modification of non-judicial tax sales pursuant to Executive Order No. 7S, Section 11
  • Exclusion of federal stimulus payments in evaluating eligibility for state or local programs financed in whole or in part using state funds
  • Alternative to physical presence in court for finding of irretrievable breakdown of marriage
  • Alternative to in-person waiver of right to file motion or petition for educational support
  • Alternative to physical appearance of petitioner regarding decree of dissolution after entry of decree of legal separation
  • Alternative to in-court canvas prior to entrance of final agreement
  • Alternative to physical presence when findings on the record required
  • Revised financial protections for people covered by insurance who receive out-of-network health care services during the public health emergency

Governor Executive Order 04/17/2020

  • Cloth face coverings or higher level of protection required in public wherever close contact is unavoidable
  • Further postponement of presidential preference primary to August 11

Governor Executive Order 04/15/2020

  • Approval of temporary additional nursing home beds for COVID-19 recovery

Governor’s Executive Order 04/14/2020

  • Modification of state contracting statutes to facilitate the emergency procurement of essential goods
  • In-person attendance requirement suspended for assessment appeals
  • Suspension of requirements for security officer license

Governor’s Executive Order 04/11/2020

Implementation of a nursing home surge plan

Governor’s Executive Order 04/10/2020

  • Protections for residential renters impacted by COVID-19
  • Continued cancellation of school classes through May 20, 2020
  • Extension of closures, distancing, and safety measures through May 20, 2020
  • Modification or deferral of educator certification testing
  • Permission to operate food trucks at rest areas

Governor’s Executive Order 04/09/2020

  • Suspension and modification of tax deadlines and collection efforts pursuant to Executive Order No. 7S, Section 6
  • No increased experience rating based on COVID-19 unemployment claims
  • Coil cleaning requirements modified
  • Delivery signature requirement suspended
  • Return of permit not necessary for temporary closures pursuant to Executive Order No. 7D
  • Ninety-day provisional permits
  • Renewal date for on-premise liquor permits to be extended
  • Permit need not be recorded with town clerk

Governor’s Executive Order 04/07/2020

  • Safe workplaces in essential businesses
  • Temporary permits for certain health care providers extended and fees waived
  • Practice before licensure for certain health care profession applicants and graduates
  • Practice before licensure for marital and family therapy associates
  • Practice before licensure for professional counselor associates
  • Protection from civil liability for actions or omissions in support of the state’s COVID-19 response.

Governor’s Executive Order 04/05/2020 

  • Protection from civil liability for actions or omissions in support of the state’s COVID-19 response
  • Financial protections for the uninsured and people covered by insurance who receive out-of-network health care services during the public health emergency

Governor’s Executive Order 04/02/2020

  • Prohibition on non-essential lodging
  • Further clarification of limits on restaurants, bars, and private clubs
  • Suspension of notarization requirement related to Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program
  • Flexibility to maintain adequate child care infrastructure
  • Suspension of rehearing rights for temporary rate increases for certain health care providers
  • Alternative to affidavits in relation to orders of protection and relief

Governor’s Executive Order 04/01/2020

  • Safe stores mandatory statewide rules
  • 60-day grace period for premium payments, policy cancellations, and non-renewals of insurance policies
  • Extension of 30-day period of credit for liquor permittees
  • Daily payment of certain taxes changed to weekly
  • Flexibility to amend Medicaid waivers and state plan
  • Relief from certain municipal tax deadlines and collection efforts
  • Allow suspension of in-person voting requirements for critical and time sensitive municipal fiscal deadlines
  • Suspension of reapplication filing requirement for the homeowners’ elderly/disabled circuit breaker tax relief program and for the homeowners’ elderly/disabled freeze tax relief program
  • Substitution of full inspection requirements pertaining to October 1, 2020 grand list revaluations
  • Extension of deadline to file income and expense statement to August 15
  • Suspension of non-judicial tax sales

Governor’s Executive Order 03/31/2020

  • Continuation of funding for boards of education
  • Continuation of payment of public school staff
  • Preservation of student transportation services and special education providers
  • Restrictions on entrance to state parks, forests, and other lands
  • Curbside pickup of alcoholic beverages permitted

Governor’s Executive Order 03/30/2020

  • Requirement of limited group sizes in childcare
  • Enhancement of health procedures for all operating childcare programs
  • Authorization of remote notarization

Governor’s Executive Order 03/28/2020

  • Authorization to provide for non-congregant housing for persons at risk

Governor’s Executive Order 03/27/2020

  • Suspension of license renewals and inspections by DPH
  • Modification of health care provider identification badge requirements
  • Waiver of registration requirement for alcohol-based hand sanitizers and medical devices
  • Waiver of Birth-to-Three family cost participation fees

Governor’s Executive Order 03/26/2020

  • Further reduction of social and recreational gatherings to 5 people
  • Restrictions on restaurant payment and pickup operations
  • Further restrictions on retail operations
  • Requirement of firearms transactions by appointment only
  • Suspension of tax on single-use checkout bags
  • Prohibition of employers from requiring employees to place items in customers’ reusable bags
  • Suspension of 21-month limit on Temporary Family Assistance
  • Suspension of school testing assessments for 2019-20 school year

Governor’s Executive Order 03/25/2020

  • Tolling of time periods for DOT final determinations on permits
  • Suspension of mandatory statutory filing requirements for FOIA appeals and decisions
  • Authorization of state agencies to extend statutory regulatory administrative deadlines by 90 days

Governor’s Executive Order 03/24/2020

  • The order extends the official school closure date to 04/20/20, state-wide.
  • The order also makes conforming changes to limit in-person business interactions at the local level.
  • The order also opens the state’s fishing season early by allowing anglers to fish out of Connecticut waters immediately.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/23/2020

  • All public schools will remain closed until at least April 20, 2020
  • Suspension of non-critical probate court operations and associated requirements
  • Suspension of non-critical Workers’ Compensation Commission operations and associated requirements
  • Authorization of remote notarization
  • Suspension or modification of regulatory requirements to protect public health and safety and certain requirements regarding the temporary hire of care workers at long-term care facilities

Governor’s Executive Order 03/22/2020 

  • The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released guidance for businesses on how to implement the executive order Governor Lamont issued Friday directing all non-essential business functions in Connecticut to suspend in-person operations beginning Monday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Business Exemptions for Coronavirus – Executive Order 7H  

Governor’s Executive Order 03/21/2020

  • Modifies policies within the Departments of Social Services (DSS), Children and Families (DCF), and Consumer Protection (DCP), modifies the Student Data Privacy Act, removes requirements for companies to hold shareholder meetings in-person and provides procedural relief for municipalities, among other things.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/20/2020

  • Declares policies to close all “non-essential” businesses from March 23 through April 22, 2020.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/19/2020

  • Takes several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the governor’s civil preparedness and public health declarations including the temporary closure of barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, and related businesses effective at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. The postponement of Connecticut’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, 2020. And clearance for restaurants, bars, and private clubs to sell alcohol to be consumed off-premise under certain conditions.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/18/2020

  • Takes several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the governor’s civil preparedness and public health declarations. Closes large in-door shopping malls and amusement parks. Expands Medicaid telehealth. Waives certain in-person health screening requirements for patients at facilities that have issued orders limiting public visitation.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/17/2020

  • Takes several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the governor’s civil preparedness and public health declarations. Makes modifications to the governor’s previously enacted waiver of the 180-day school year. Suspends the requirement that public assistance benefit overpayments be immediately recouped. Suspends a state law regarding fingerprinting at police departments.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/16/2020

  • Takes several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the governor’s civil preparedness and public health declarations.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/15/2020

  • Takes several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the governor’s civil preparedness and public health declarations, including the cancellation of classes at public schools statewide and other items.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/14/2020

  • Takes several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the governor’s civil preparedness and public health declarations.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/13/2020

  • Grants the commissioner of the Department of Public Health the authority to restrict visitation at nursing homes and similar facilities in response to the civic preparedness and public health emergencies declared due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/12/2020

  • Takes several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the governor’s civil preparedness and public health declarations, including limiting the size of gatherings to 250 people, waiving the 180-day school year requirement, clarifying nursing home visitation restrictions, authorizing DMV to extend renewal deadlines, and relaxing attendance rules for police academy trainees.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are some helpful health tips to limit the spread of coronavirus and protect yourself:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then through the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please check back, as additional information will be posted to this page as it becomes available.

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